The first couple chapters in I thought I was really going to enjoy this book. I thought it had some of the most beautiful writing I had ever come across. I thought the heroine had potential to be interesting, the side story of an adulterous affair, an illegitimate child, and the accused pining after the heroine, all seemed to point to a really good story.
Then somehow the beautiful prose began to overshadow the actual story. Half way through I had a hard time concentrating on what was actually going on and had to force myself to pick up the book to read it. I realized that I really didn't care "who done it", I just wanted to finish the book.
It may be that it just wasn't really a book for me but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad novel. However, since I rate books based on my enjoyment of them I had to give it only three stars. You may enjoy it more than I did though.
- Hardcover: 338 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan (25 July 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 033369418X
- ISBN-13: 978-0333694183
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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